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ERIC Number: ED263651
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
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Male/Female Levels of Participation in Regional and National Individual Events Tournaments.
Friedley, Sheryl A.; Manchester, Bruce B.
A study was conducted to (1) describe the male/female participation and success in regional and national forensic individual events tournament competition, and (2) identify areas of gender-based inequity from these data. Letters requesting 1984-85 tournament results were sent to 44 individual events tournament directors, of which 20 were sufficient for accurate tabulation. Participants' sex and male/female distribution ratios for both preliminary and elimination rounds of competition were determined. Of the 5,325 participants from 20 regional individual events tournaments competing in 10 national events, 52% were male and 48% were female. Of the participants advancing to the final rounds in the 10 national events, 55% were male and 45% were female. The results indicated that while the forensic community perceives original speaking events and limited preparation events as reflecting a slight male dominance, there is in fact a slight male dominance in the former but a distinct male dominance in the latter at both regional and national levels. The results also indicated a slight male dominance in participation and success that ranges from "moderate (55% male, 45% female) in final rounds at regional tournaments to "overwhelming" (63% male, 37% female) in final rounds of national competition. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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